A Glossary Of Essential Mold Testing And Remediation Terms

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A Glossary Of Essential Mold Testing And Remediation Terms

Every industry has its own language and terms. These words and phrases can be confusing to anyone who is not part of the daily operations of a specific industry, and the mold testing and remediation business is no exception.

To help you understand the terms, acronyms, and phrases regularly used when availing the services of a mold removal and remediation expert, Baystate Mold Advisors has created this handy reference guide. Here you’ll find valuable information allowing you to comprehend and communicate your concerns effectively.

1. Volatile Organic Compound (VOC)
In the mold industry, VOC is the gas produced by some active molds.

2. Mycotoxin
It is the toxic gas produced by some toxic molds. This is a VOC, as defined above. Specifically, it is an MVOC or a Microbial Volatile Organic Compound.

3. Antimicrobial
This is a product that kills mold, bacteria, and viruses. It is used to treat areas where mold contamination was a problem. It is not just a fungicide, which only kills mold.

4. Containment
Sealing off an area to prevent cross-contamination from the work area to non-work areas and often includes negative air pressure and air scrubbers.

5. Air Scrubbers
Air scrubbers are commercial size HEPA air cleaners that are used in mold remediation.

6. Mold Remediation
Mold remediation is everything from wet wiping a moldy spot to the bulk removal of compromised building materials and treatment with antimicrobial and encapsulate.

7. Toxic Mold
All molds can be allergenic, but not all molds produce toxic gas and mycotoxins. The commonly called black, toxic mold is Stachybotrys and or Memnoniella family. You want none of this in your home. Another common mold that produces mycotoxins is Aspergillus / Penicillium group. No more than 200 in any indoor is desired.

8. Black Mold
Mold can be any color depending on the species and food that is being eaten. Just because it is black doesn’t mean it is the toxic black mold, Stachybotrys.

9. Olfactory
It is a sense of smell. If you can smell mold, you have a problem.

10. Relative Humidity (RH)
RH is the amount of humidity in the air. Mold grows where the RH is high. Mold can start to grow at 62% RH and is flourishing at 70% RH.

11. Hyphae
Hyphae is the branching filaments of a mold structure used to transport nutrients.

12. Encapsulant
An encapsulant is any material that creates a barrier that traps mold underneath it, such as some specific paints, latex moisture barriers, epoxies, or green solutions of various types.

13. Mold inhibitor
Mold inhibitor is any product or material that inhibits the growth of new mold. This can include paints with a mold inhibitor added, a product specifically made for this purpose, like Anabec X70, an encapsulate and mold inhibitor in one.

14. Mold Assessor
A mold inspector who is certified to say that a mold-like substance is actually mold legally. Most certified mold inspectors are not certified assessors and are supposed to use the term “mold-like substance” and let the lab sample prove it is mold and its species.

NORMI stands for the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors. It is a professional organization of ethical practices of mold inspection and remediation.

If you’re looking for mold inspection experts in Brockton, MA, reach out to Baystate Mold Advisors. As a member of the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI) and Better Business Bureau (BBB), we are dedicated to promoting a healthy indoor environment by removing mold and testing for other pollutants. We offer indoor air quality testing, mold inspection, and mold remediation services to clients across Brockton, Canton, Mansfield, Taunton, Kingston, Hanover, Hingham, Cohasset, Sandwich, MA.

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